Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Indoor Container Vegetable Gardening

Indoor Container Vegetable Gardening

There are many advantages to indoor container vegetable gardening. First, you can enjoy your gardening hobby pretty much year-round because climate will not be as much of an issue. Next, you can enjoy the harvest of a garden whether you live on a large plot of land or in an apartment in the middle of the city. Finally, by cultivating an indoor container vegetable garden you greatly eliminate the problem of weeds and garden pests when it comes to caring for your plants. With so many benefits to gain from indoor container vegetable gardening why not give it a try. Take a trip to your local nursery or garden center to find out how to begin your indoor garden. You will be enjoying some fresh homegrown produce before you know it.

One of the first considerations to make in planning your indoor container vegetable garden is the types of containers that you will use. Keep in mind that you will want to allow your plants plenty of room to grow up, out and down. Roots need plenty of room for growth it they are going to support a healthy plant which makes larger containers almost always a better choice for indoor container vegetable gardening. You will need to make sure that there is plenty of room for drainage in the bottom of your container with a layer of rocks or pebbles on the bottom that will allow the water to run through easily. Soil will be the next consideration. Your plants will thrive best in a potting soil that allows air and water to move through the container easily.

The plants that you select for your indoor container vegetable garden will depend first on the types that do well in this type of environment. While pumpkins and squash are not good choices for this limited amount of space, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers can do quite well in containers. Even root vegetables like carrots can thrive in a container if there is plenty of room below the surface of the soil for them to grow. If you like beans or peas, you can buy the bush varieties or add a trellis to your container to allow your vines a place to climb. Make sure that you have a sunny window to keep your plants in because many of your crops will require at least five hours of direct sun each day for best results.

Indoor container vegetable gardening can offer you the chance to indulge in your favorite hobby year-round and can put fresh produce on your table during any season of the year. With a bit of research and planning you can have a successful indoor container vegetable garden no matter where you live and the time of year.

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